Comic Book Review: A Game of Thrones #1

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Game of Thrones is enjoying immense popularity nowadays, thanks to the Emmy-nominated HBO series based on the highly-acclaimed work by author George R.R. Martin. But all the adoration for the novel is far from over. This week, Dynamite Entertainment released the first comicbook issue of A Game of Thrones.

Cover Art for A Game of Thrones #1

Adapted for comics by Daniel Abraham, the book—or at least, the first issue—leans more on the source text rather than on the TV series. Fans who just don’t have the time to read the original book can sink their eyes on the comics version without missing important details or suffering cinematic twists that are not at all found in George R.R. Martin’s original material. This is not to say that the TV series version is less than spectacular.

I enjoyed reading A Game of Thrones #1 because—unlike in the original book—the comics storyline does not shift abruptly according to the points of view of the characters. In other words, the comics version lays out the story on a straight line whenever possible, making it more convenient and less confusing to read. I’m also impressed that—unlike in the first HBO episode—the first few pages of the comicbook depicting the scenes in the Haunted Forest (where The Others first appeared) have remained faithful to what has been described in the original work.

As to the artwork, I’m really blown away by the main cover art by Alex Ross. The art by Tommy Patterson is also clean and crisp. And the colors by Ivan Nunes go very well with the dark fantasy theme of the story. Overall, I find A Game of Thrones #1 an enjoyable read. It’s definitely a brilliant companion to George R.R. Martin’s original work. Comics fans who have yet to read the novel can also opt to read the comics instead.

Btw, big congratulations to Peter Dinklage(who played Tyrion Lannister) for winning this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.